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First Place Welcomes Mary Martuscelli to Board of Directors

Mary Martuscelli has been elected to the First Place® AZ Board of Directors. Martuscelli is U.S. Bank’s regional president for the Western U.S. She previously served as the president of J.P. Morgan Chase in Arizona and as a board member of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). Other board leadership and service include the Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona Science Center, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and Greater Phoenix Leadership.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Grants First Place $51,000

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has awarded First Place $51,000. This represents a second grant from the community. SRP-MIC will be underwriting all the kitchen appliances in the 55 apartment units and four teaching kitchens, enabling First Place to teach skills that help residents learn to live more independently.

LNCS Kicks Off, Offers Peace of Mind for Families

First Place AZ’s family coaching group, LNCS (Lifelong Networks for Communities of Support) recently kicked off its first meeting with programming to help loved ones transition to new residential and community options. LNCS offers education, access to resources and coaching that empower families to plan for the future. Watch the webinar.

Global Leadership Institute Symposium Oct. 25-27

First Place AZ is hosting a two-day symposium in Phoenix, dubbed “the most autism-friendly city in the world” by PBS NewsHour. The symposium will cover workshops on building a supportive community, fund- and friend-raising and public, private, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Space is limited. Make your reservations today.

Volunteering
Makes Transition Academy Participants Smile

First Place Transition Academy participants recently produced batter for SMILE Biscotti at St. Vincent de Paul’s kitchen. They learned new kitchen skills, experienced the benefits of teamwork and agreed that work can be fun. SMILE Biscotti provides employment and internship opportunities for adults with autism and is gearing up for the holiday season.  

Longtime Champion Natalie S. Lang Passes Away

Natalie S. Lang, a First Place advisor, longtime SARRC supporter and dear friend, has passed away. With a distinguished, 30-year career as a business consultant working with Fortune 100 clients, Lang gave generously of her time to several national and community organizations, including the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, the Jewish Community Foundation, the National Urban League, the International Women’s Forum, Reading is Fundamental, SARRC and First Place AZ. We will miss her smarts, energy, passion and all-in 24/7 commitment. She was always eager to contact anyone, at anytime, for our cause.

Recruiting New Volunteers

Our friendly corporate partner, CopperPoint Insurance Companies, recently hosted a volunteer fair for employees. First Place–Phoenix was proud to be among several nonprofits showcased to employees, who are allowed 12 hours of paid time for volunteering. Job coaches, mentors, community ambassadors, organic gardeners and more are needed. Contact us at ​ info@firstplaceaz.org

Leasing Information Available

Check out the floor plans for First Place–Phoenix to learn about our design and suite of supportive services and amenities. The leasing process commenced this month. Families from across Arizona and the country are participating. If First Place sounds like the right place for you, register today!

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